LATINO WHO’S WHO (Apr-12-2013)

Thais D. Carreño, President and Owner, LatinLite by Fat Busters, was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Latino American Who’s Who. Thais D. Carreño.

Nestled in the bustling heart of West Miami, LatinLite is a hidden culinary gem. Originally established in 1995 as Fat Busters, LatinLite is the brainchild of restauranteur Thais Carreño. As a member of The American Obesity Association, and a recipient of Cooking Light Magazine’s Shining Light Award, Thais was determined to break the stigma of a conventional health food eatery. LatinLite’s philosophy is not about weight loss. It is about making healthful, delicious and nutritious food choices available to everyone in the community. Thais, who is a mother of five, says her secret to almost two decades of success is her love for family, food, and her community.


No sweet maduros dripping with grease, no deep-fried croquetas or rich, fatty chunks of lechon asado. No, this is Latinlite by Fat Busters, home of Cuban Lite, where the mantra is: “No added fat or sugar.” And before you dismiss this small strip-center cafeteria/cantina as an insult to real Cuban cooking, at least sample the wares. Turkey meatballs, turkey picadillo, grilled chicken breast, tuna-stuffed sweet pepper, meatless congri. Steamed plantains, steamed pumpkin with mojo, and no-fat black beans with rice are surprisingly savory. Many other less-traditional fish and pasta dishes grace the extensive menu, which changes weekly. It’s all the brainchild of Thais Carreño, a Cuban who learned to cook light for her health and then started her own business three years ago. You’re welcome to eat on the premises, but Latinlite by Fat Busters is more of a take-out deli. Carreno and company will also prepare (and deliver, if requested) an entrée and three sides every day, cooked to your individual diet requirements.

Cooking Light’s Shinning Light (1998)

“Miami’s own Thais Carreno is one of four “Shining Lights” honored in the October issue of Cooking Light Magazine. Carreno, who was featured in Food & Fitness last year, is singled out for her contributions to healthful Cuban cooking.”

Florida Sports (1996)

“You won’t find butter, heavy oils, eggs or beef in Thais’ kitchen, but you will find eggbeaters, low fat and fat free sour cream, low fat milk, and plenty of white meats.”

Latinlite by Fat Busters has also been featured in:

Deco Drive With Belkis Nerey (Channel 7)

Graham Kerr Food Network

Despierta America Chef Pepin

Telemundo – Noticiero 51
With Arly Alfaro (2010)

Telemundo – Al rojo Vivo
With Maria Celeste Arraraz (Channel 51)